Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Grand Island home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Identifying them may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Faulty AC wiring
Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.
- Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant
Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside AC fan is not operating
The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Grand Island home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.
- Outside air conditioner unit not functional
This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.
- Frozen inside coil
A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most effective way for a Grand Island area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be discovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can promptly review the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!